RE­CALLS BY BMW AND HUSQVARNA

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

DETROIT — BMW is re­call­ing 4 000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a new and po­ten­tially deadly prob­lem with Takata airbag in­fla­tors.

Mean­while Husqvarna Mo­tor­cy­cles an­nounced a re­call of cer­tain frame num­bers of TC, FC, TX, TE and FE mod­els sold this year to check and, if nec­es­sary, re­place the hand brake cylin­der at deal­ers.

BMW said in govern­ment doc­u­ments that the driver’s front in­fla­tor can sep­a­rate from a plate, shoot­ing out metal and other de­bris. The com­pa­nies traced the prob­lem to in­cor­rect weld­ing at a Takata fac­tory in Mex­ico. It’s dif­fer­ent from the prob­lem that touched off the largest auto re­call in U.S. his­tory. In those ve­hi­cles, the am­mo­nium ni­trate used to in­flate the airbags can de­grade over time and blow the in­fla­tors apart, spew­ing shrap­nel.

The re­call cov­ers cer­tain BMW X3 and X4 SUVs from the 2015 model year, and X5s from 2014 and 2015.

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